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What is an Alkaline Diet?

What is an Alkaline Diet?
03/06/2020 Jordan
In Food for Thought, Recipes
Alkaline foods including berries, mango and fruit in a breakfast bowl

What is an Alkaline Diet?

In a nutshell, the alkaline diet is based on the idea that replacing acid-forming foods with alkaline foods can improve your health. Most illness and disease is linked to excessive acidity in the body. Increasing your in-take of alkalising foods and decreasing acid-forming foods is advised for improving your body’s pH balance and overall general health.

Excess acidity in the wrong places will need neutralising to maintain the correct balance. The body does this by buffering the acids with base minerals, mainly calcium and magnesium, causing these to be leached out from the body systems and leading to degenerative conditions such as osteoporosis, cramps and reduced immune response.

Mike Abrahams, Managing Director of Wild Oats, goes on to explain:

“It’s important to emphasise that we cannot change our blood pH level, but that acidifying foods (not necessarily acid in themselves) force the body to protect the blood pH by buffering the extra acidity produced using calcium and magnesium which it strips from the body. It can be argued that the acidifying effect of sugar consumption is a major contributor to osteoporosis.

It’s also important to note that it’s the effect of the food, not necessarily the nature, that’s important. So for example small quantities of organic live cider vinegar, while being acid, can have an alkalising effect on the system.”

Increase Alkaline-Forming Foods

  • Vegetables preferably local and in season
  • Fruits preferably local and in season including berries
  • Unrefined cold pressed vegetable oils
  • Whole grains, such as brown rice, buckwheat, millet, quinoa, barley, oats
  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Pulses (peas, beans, lentils)
  • Dried fruits
  • Pumpkin, sunflower, sesame and flax(linseed)
  • Pineapple, papaya, mango and guava
  • Oily wild fish, such as mackerel, herring and sardines.
  • Drink lots of water and herbal teas

Avoid Acid-Forming Foods

  • Meat, especially sausages, processed meats, bacon and ham
  • Animal fat and all dairy products
  • Processed foods in general
  • White flour and its products
  • Sugar (any)
  • Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit, lemons tangerines and clementines)
  • Tomatoes potatoes, aubergines and peppers
  • Alcohol
  • Coffee
  • Salted foods and snacks

Need Recipe Ideas?

The recipe section in our Health Hub is packed with recipe. But here’s a couple to get you going…Healthy Vegetable Risotto and Easy Vegetable Stir Fry.

The YouTube video below goes into more detail on flushing toxins from your body with alkaline foods:

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